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Coffee-Rubbed Strip Steak

July 27, 2014

I debated whether I should post this recipe for two reasons. 1) I’m not a huge fan of the pictures. Photographing steak is hard! 2) I’m not certain how you guys feel about red meat. Some people think red meat is unhealthy and some people preach ALL THE RED MEAT. Personally, I enjoy it but that hasn’t always been the case.

I didn’t touch red meat between the ages of 8 and 21. 13 years steak-free. In fact my incredibly-sharp memory remembers that last piece of red meat I ate before I gave it up, a Wendy’s burger. I ate it in the car driving from Montreal to Toronto. Then I got car sick and it totally killed all red meat for me.

Coffee Rubbed Strip Steak // thehealthymaven.comThen again, I was never a huge red meat lover to begin with so it wasn’t difficult to not eat it. In fact the only reason I started eating it again was because my sister told me that no boy would ever want to date a girl who ordered fish in a steak restaurant. Even though I may have started eating it again for all the wrong reasons, I’m happy I did because a good piece of steak is hard to compete with.

The problem is that now I have expensive taste. I will only eat the good stuff but my budget doesn’t allow for the good stuff all that often. It is definitely an indulgence in my house or I’m out to dinner with my parents and they are paying for it 😉

Coffee-Rubbed Strip Steak 2Because I can’t afford to buy good quality steak all that often, I tend to save it for special occasions or when we’re having guests. I realize that I end up spending more when I only buy red meat when guests are coming, but this dish in particular is one that impresses and well, I care about that stuff.

People have superbly high expectations of your cooking skills when you’re a food blogger. So it’s always good to go with this dish which seems difficult but is actually very easy. It’s also great for those of you who are intimidated by meat, just like myself. Or ya know…if you’re looking for a little extra caffeine boost!


Coffee-Rubbed Strip Steak

  • Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 NY Strip Steaks (around .5lb each)
  • 1 T ground coffee
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Mix all rub ingredients together.
  2. Cut off fat from steaks, if desired.
  3. Using hands, rub steaks being sure to coat both sides.
  4. Cover and place in fridge for at least 1 hour.

For Medium steak:

  1. Heat grill to high heat (can use a stove top grill pan or outdoor grill)
  2. Grill each side for 3 minutes.
  3. Cook less for more rare or longer for more well-done.


  • Serving Size: 2

Coffee-Rubbed Strip Steak // thehealthymaven.comRed meat, yay or nay? Do you have a meal you save to impress guests?


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  • Reply
    Elle @ keep it simpElle
    August 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    OMG I just made this for dinner as I am doing Whole30, I did forget to put it in the fridge after rubbing it, but it tasted amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      August 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      So happy you enjoyed 🙂

  • Reply
    July 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I randomly will crave red meat, typically in like taco salads or fajitas or something. I had steak in a greasy fajita salad on the coast on Sunday because yes, Jake and I opted to get tex mex (we were talking about it in the car) on the Oregon coast.

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    July 29, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Red meat all the way! Nothing better than a nice rare steak! But I am with you, has to be the good stuff!

  • Reply
    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    July 28, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I went through a 1-2 year stint where I avoided red meat too, but then I realized I was being dumb because I actually like red meat. There’s nothing like a nice rare steak, or even better, venison! I don’t really ever cook it for myself though because when I first tried cooking it for myself several years ago I kept on accidentally overcooking it past the rare/medium rare stage – so it was basically wasted money. 😛 I should really give cooking it another try though!

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